The YMCA has a long history of bringing recreation into young New Zealanders lives. We do this by making activities available to children at every opportunity – before and after school and during school holidays. Our recreation also caters for sport not always offered at school. Our recreation programmes provide a safe and healthy environment that is fun and engaging.
Recreation is also an important part of both the Holiday Programmes and The OSCAR pre and after school care programmes. Our programmes are for 0 – 18 years old and 55+ age groups. Below are our recreation contact details and a list of the many diverse recreation activities available. Also, please check the News Board Tab for new recreation activities that are on the horizon. If you or your school are interested in experiencing these awesome programmes then please contact us today.
Phone Wanganui (06) 349 0197 and Palmerston North (06) 358 8921.
Robyn Ryder - Recreation Manager
Scott Tunnicliffe - Recreation Development Manager
Vaughan Dennison - Operational Manager
Aleisha Rutherford - Recreation Development Manager
Antnz (Toni) Burgess - VertX Climbing Gym Manager
Operating from 9 venues
OSCAR (Wanganui, Palmerston North, Feilding and Linton). OSCAR (for 5 – 13 year olds) programmes offer before and after school care, with a Breakfast Club operating from 6.30am – 8.30am, and after school care from 3.00pm – 6.00pm.
(Wanganui, Palmerston North, Feilding and Linton). OSCAR (for 5 –13 year olds) programmes offer before and after
school care, with a Breakfast Club operating from 6.30am – 8.30am, and after school care from 3.00pm–6.00pm.
Dance Fit and Hip Hop Dance (Wanganui) are dance programmes run from the YMCA Community Centre Hall. The Hip Hop
classes run on Tuesdays with NIPPERS (5-7) from 3.30-4.15pm, and KIDZ (8-10) 4.30-5.30; and on Thursdays with YOUTH (10-13)
and TEENS (14-16) classes 4.45-5.45pm.
DANCE FIT is an adult fitness class incorporating dance. This runs Wednesdays 5.30-6.15pm.
Boogie Buddies Playgroup (Wanganui)
is a playgroup for the public, allowing parents to bring children aged 0–6 years old, with a focus on Positive Parenting Skills,
providing educational and physical development. Now at YMCA Community Centre, 125 Grey Street, on Tuesdays 10.45am.
Pram-Fit (Wanganui) is a friendly and fun work out for mums who want to get back into shape and tone up, escape the home and
meet other mums. It is a convenient and flexible way to excercise with or without your baby. 1-2pm Wednesdays.
Tiny Y’s (Palmerston North) Boogie Buddies (Wanganui) is an under 5s gym incorporating
dance, movement, fun and games along with some circuit negotiation on the soft gymnastic equipment.
Raise up n’ Represent (Wanganui & Palmerston North) a youth programme for 13–18 year olds that encourages youth
to identify needs in the community and enables them to act upon on these needs.
Y’s Sports Stars (Wanganui & Palmerston North)
is aimed at providing a professional sporting experience for Years 1–6 and assisting Primary Schools with Sports Coordination,
which has a significant weighting in the National Curriculum.
Y’s Archery in Schools (Wanganui) gives children a chance to participate in an alternative sport with specially designed equipment
that ensures everyone can enjoy a measure of success. This is also available to the public.
Y’s Fencing (Wanganui) allows school children to participate in another alternative sport with specific swords for “foil fencing”.
This is also available as a public class.
VertX Climbing Gym (Palmerston North) our Indoor Climbing Wall is the only recreational climbing facility in the wider region available to schools, groups and the general public. Offering 20 top rope climbs for all ages and abilities.